The mass rollout of electric vehicles will be a major opportunity for the UK to improve its energy system and harness more renewable power but effective planning and co-ordination are crucial, according to a report.
The joint industry-government EV Energy Taskforce said “as a matter of urgency” government and Ofgem need to facilitate the framework needed for the rollout of EVs and electricity network infrastructure needed at a local and national level.
The report said the take-up of EVs could significantly improve electricity network efficiency, increase system resilience and limit the requirement to build costly new infrastructure to meet growing electricity demand.
It made 21 recommendations, including the prioritisation of greater standardisation for charging points, the introduction of incentives for EV drivers to harness energy storage, and the creation of an independent body to promote smart charging.
Philip New, Chief Executive of the Energy Systems Catapult and the Chair of the EV Energy Taskforce, said: “Ensuring that the mass roll-out of EVs delivers benefits for both drivers and the wider energy system requires actions from industry, government and the regulator, including creating the new markets and policies that can unlock EVs’ huge potential.”
Fintan Slye, Director of National Grid Electricity System Operator, added: “Smart charging and vehicle-to-grid technology means we can use renewable energy more efficiently, charging when the sun shines or the wind blows and potentially discharging back to the grid at times of peak demand.”